“Deans for Impact”: A Potential, “Teacher-prep Charter” Petri Dish?

Originally posted on deutsch29:
Benjamin Riley has started a new organization called Deans for Impact. The goal is to streamline teacher preparation to produce ever-higher student test scores. Members agree to be “data driven” and to use “common metrics and assessments.” Why, Deans for Impact are even considering incorporating value-added into their measures of “teacher effectiveness.” And,…

The bad teacher conspiracy

Originally posted on mathbabe:
Any time I see an article about the evaluation system for teachers in New York State, I wince. People get it wrong so very often. Yesterday’s New York Times article written by Elizabeth Harris was even worse than usual. First, her wording. She mentioned a severe drop in student reading and math proficiency…

Part 3 – Three opinion pieces in the AJC – Meria Carstarphen, Ed Johnson and Maureen Downey

Originally posted on Financial Deconstruction:
The Atlanta Journal Constitution published three opinion pieces today and the authors include Atlanta Public School Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, business consultant and former Board of Education candidate Ed Johnson and AJC Get Schooled blog author Maureen Downey. All three are a must read in their entirety as APS is about…

The Charter Sham Formula: Billionaires + Flawed “Reports” + Press Release Media = Misled Public

Originally posted on radical eyes for equity:
Late in 2013, I shared my own experience with the disaster capitalism tactics employed by the Walton-funded Department of Education Reform (University of Arkansas), asking: For the Record: Should We Trust Advocates of “No Excuses”? I detailed reasons why the answer is clearly “No”: the funding determines the claims…

The problem with charter schools

Originally posted on mathbabe:
Today I read this article written by Allie Gross (hat tip Suresh Naidu), a former Teach for America teacher whose former idealism has long been replaced by her experiences in the reality of education in this country. Her article is entitled The Charter School Profiteers. It’s really important, and really well written,…